By Faizan Ali Warraich
October 28, 2015
LAHORE: Walled City Lahore Authority (WCLA) and Aga Khan Culture Service Pakistan (AKCS-P) joined hands to restore Lahore Fort’s historic Picture Wall and kicked off the architectural survey of the Picture Wall.
According to details, after the completion of the survey of one of the longest and largest mural of its kind, the physical restoration will be started. The Picture Wall depicts the Mughal era through pictures, fresco paintings, unique tile work, exceptional brick and tile patterns, architectural terracotta base and hence visuals, which cannot be found elsewhere in the world’s architectures.
The Picture Wall is depicted with animal, birds and royal recreation or with the royal court’s activities. The scenes of polo games, animal hunts, trees and vegetation are also inscribed on it.
The project of the architectural survey is funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Islamabad.
Wajahat Ali, senior conservation architect of Aga Khan Culture Service Pakistan, said while talking exclusively to Daily Times, “This architectural study has begun to examine patterns of the 800-metre historic Picture Wall. We are using 3D-scanners for the first time, previously a machine called the ‘total station’ used to examine in architectural surveys of historic buildings.”
Geneva-based Aga Khan Trust for Culture local chapter in Pakistan works by the name Aga Khan Cultural Service Pakistan and has restored multiple historical sites including Mosque Wazir Khan and historic forts in Gilgit-Baltistan. All the restoration or architectural surveys in Lahore’s Walled City by AKCS-P are conducted in corporation with WCLA.
It is pertinent to mention that the Picture Wall is the reason behind the inclusion of Lahore Fort into the world heritage monument in 1981. The picture wall at the Lahore Fort, built during 1624-32 during the era of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, further enhanced the beauty of the historical site.
Tanvir Johar, working as a documentation specialist with the project, says each and everything of 100-metre Picture Wall is being documented and the research work will present the analysis of the material used in the making of it.
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